Starling Marte homered for the second game in a row and drove in a career-high five runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 Saturday night.
The Brewers lost their fourth straight game and are off to their worst start since also going 2-9 in 2002.
Marte hit a two-run single to cap a three-run first inning that included an RBI double by Gregory Polanco. Marte's three-run homer to left field in the fifth made it 6-1.
In the first two games of the series, Marte has gone 4 for 8 with seven RBIs. He was 0 for 11 with six strikeouts in his previous three games.
Jeff Locke (2-0) tied a career-high by pitching eight innings while beating the Brewers for the second time in eight days. He allowed only one run and four hits while striking out six with no walks.
Ryan Braun had two hits in his first start batting in the leadoff spot in the lineup.